If you’re like most Americans, you’re hoping to make 2024 your healthiest year yet. But if healthy eating makes you think of dry salads, bland soups, and low-carb everything, think again.
Longmont is home to plenty of healthy, inviting restaurants featuring Asian cuisine. And locally owned establishments like Vegan Thai Co. and Sushi Box prove that Asian dining are both nutrient-dense and delicious. From pad thai to soups, curries, rolls and more, there’s something on the menu for everyone to enjoy, whether your priority is enjoyment, health, convenience or all of the above.
If putting more veggies on your plate is part of your strategy to uplevel your health, don’t hesitate to check out Vegan Thai Co, a spot known for their fresh spin on traditional Thai food. Since the takeout restaurant opened in December 2021, they’ve been experimenting with new takes on old favorites.
“Thai food is not traditionally vegan. It usually has shrimp paste, fish sauce, oyster sauce or eggs,” says owner Greg Hoefer. “So we’ve adapted our recipes to omit all of these ingredients. We also offer a variety of plant-based proteins, including not just tofu but also seitan, tempeh and jackfruit, as well as a plethora of gluten-free options.”
While you’re probably familiar with soy based protein alternatives like tofu, seitan and tempeh, the word “jackfruit” might leave you scratching your head. For the uninitiated, jackfruit is a tropical tree fruit featuring a stringy yellow flesh that you can eat raw or cooked. Not only is it versatile, it’s also loaded with health benefits. According to the Cleveland Clinic, it is high in vitamin C, can support heart health and may support wound healing and blood sugar regulation.
Even if you don’t end up trying the jackfruit, chances are, you’ll find another tasty, healthy choice. “Thai food is loaded with fresh veggies that are full of nutrients that have anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties,” says Hoefer.
Meanwhile, if you’re in the mood for sushi and ambiance, don’t miss Sushi Box. “We are a small, cozy restaurant serving the freshest and tastiest sushi creations,” says Jason Bowles, who co-owns the restaurant with his wife, Soudhavan, who is also the restaurant’s sushi chef.
“Having pivoted from a 15-year career as a critical care nurse at Denver Health’s surgical trauma ICU, my goal is to bring a welcoming, authentic experience to our guests,” says Bowles.
“At the same time, we love knowing we’re serving food that supports long-term health and well-being,” Bowles tells Longmont Magazine. High in protein and omega 3 fatty acids, sushi is also an excellent source of Vitamin D, riboflavin, iron, zinc, iodine, potassium and calcium.
A commitment to healthy eating doesn’t have to mean eating at home every single night, especially when you have excellent local options.
By Pam Moore, Longmont Magazine